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Jail for riot teen who 'mooned' at Belfast police

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 07/05/2016

A man who was caught on CCTV attacking police during a riot last year has been sent to Hydebank Young Offenders Centre
A man who was caught on CCTV attacking police during a riot last year has been sent to Hydebank Young Offenders Centre

A man who was caught on CCTV attacking police during a riot last year has been sent to Hydebank Young Offenders Centre.

Warehouse worker Michael Morrison (19), from Highfield Drive in Belfast, will spend 16 months in detention followed by 16 months on supervised licence.

He was seen wearing various Union flag items during the riot in the Woodvale Road/Twaddell Avenue area - including a bow tie and sunglasses.

Crown prosecutor Simon Jenkins told Belfast Crown Court that trouble flared in the area on July 13 last year when a large crowd gathered in response to a Parades Commission determination not to allow Orange lodges and bandsmen to return past the Ardoyne shops.

The crowd that gathered in the Woodvale and Twaddell Avenue area attacked police with missiles including bricks, bottles and stones, injuring more than 20 officers.

Morrison was part of the crowd and was captured on video from around 8.10pm to 9.40pm.

Mr Jenkins said that during the 90-minute period Morrison was seen throwing around 15 objects at police.

At one point he was observed baring his backside at officers and hiding his face with a Union flag. He was arrested a month later and admitted he was the male in the CCTV footage.

Judge Alistair Devlin spoke of the harm caused by the riot and handed Morrison a 32-month sentence for "extensively, actively participating" in it.

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